This picture was created as a contribution for artnouveau's 2016 contest: artnouveau.deviantart.com/jour…
Medusa was one of the Gorgons from ancient Greek mythology, a humanoid female with snakes instead of hair. She was said to be so ugly that looking at her could turn you to stone. She was beheaded by Perseus and her head was finally placed on the shield of the goddess Athena.
Medusa's face was used in ancient Greece as an amulet thought to avert evil. This amulet-face-device is called Gorgoneion.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medusa&n…
PITT pens, black ink and watercolor on DIN A4 100g/m2 paper.
I thought that combining the beauty and elegance of art nouveau style with Medusa's (supposed
) legendary ugliness could create an interesting contrast. As her head seems to be the defining element of her story, I chose to just depict this part. Actually, I must confess that never thought about painting anything else BUT her head... :-D I hope you like it!